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Former American Linen Supply Company

Site Number C915241

June 2014 Fact Sheet
Former American Linen Update: Remedy Proposed for Brownfield Site Contamination; Public Comment Period, 6/2/2014 - 7/17/2014

45 Day Public Comment Period: June 2, 2014 through July 17, 2014

The public is invited to comment on a proposed remedy being reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to address contamination related to the Former American Linen Supply Company Facility site ("site") located at 822 Seneca Street, Buffalo, Erie County. Please see the map for the site location. Documents related to the cleanup of this site can be found at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information."

Based on the findings of the investigation, NYSDEC in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has determined that the site does not pose a threat to public health or the environment.

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How to Comment

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 45 days, from June 2, 2014 through July 17, 2014. The proposed plan is available for public review at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information." Please submit comments to the NYSDEC project manager listed under Project Related Questions in the "Who to Contact" area below.

Draft Remedial Work Plan

The cleanup plan is described in a more detailed report entitled "Revised Alternatives Analysis Report and Remedial Action Work Plan" dated May 28, 2014. The proposed remedy consists of:

  • Excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 1000 cubic yards soil contaminated with chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above the Protection of Groundwater Soil Cleanup Objectives (SCOs).
  • Placement of a cover system to allow for commercial or industrial use of the site. The cover will consist either of pavement or a clean soil cover in areas where the upper one foot of exposed surface soil will exceed the applicable soil cleanup objectives (SCOs). The soil cover will be placed over a demarcation layer, with the upper six inches of the soil of sufficient quality to maintain a vegetation layer.
  • The underground storage tanks excavation areas will be paved. The current pavement cover in areas outside the former building footprint will be maintained.
  • Institutional Controls including an Environmental Easement with controls for groundwater use and limiting Site use to commercial or industrial;
  • Implementation of a Site Management Plan that includes provisions for a Site-wide inspection program to assure the institutional/engineering controls (IC/ECs) have not been altered and remain effective;
  • Excavation Work Plan to assure that future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner;
  • Groundwater Monitoring Plan to assess the performance and effectiveness of the remedy. The plan includes, but may not be limited to monitoring of groundwater to assess the performance and effectiveness of the remedy; and
  • Soil Vapor Evaluation prior to construction of any future buildings on-site.

The proposed remedy was developed by AmeriPride Services, Inc. (the applicant) after performing a detailed investigation of the site under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).

Summary of the Investigation

  • The soil and groundwater conditions at the site were investigated during a Remedial Investigation. Based upon the investigations, the primary contaminants of concern are chlorinated VOCs related to dry cleaning solvents, metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which related to fill containing ash materials.
  • No significant groundwater contamination was found in off-site monitoring wells.
  • Sub-slab vapor intrusion samples collected from inside an adjacent residential property did not exceed NYSDOH guidance values for the site related contaminants.

Summary of the Interim Remedial Measures (IRMs)

  • The demolition of the on-site building and removal of approximately 1700 cubic yards of contaminated soil, tanks and other contaminated materials were conducted under IRMs. Some areas were backfilled with clean fill materials or soil.

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments, revise the plan as necessary, and issue a final Decision Document. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) must concur with the proposed remedy. The draft Remedial Work Plan is revised as needed to describe the selected remedy, and will be made available to the public. The applicant may then design and perform the cleanup action to address the site contamination, with oversight by NYSDEC. NYSDEC will keep the public informed throughout the further cleanup of the site.


Location: The Former American Linen Supply Company Facility property is located in an urban area at 822 Seneca Street in the City of Buffalo. The site is located on the west side of Lord Street is bound to the north by Seymour Street and the south by Seneca Street.

Site Features: The site is located in an urban area of mixed commercial and industrial use. The on-site building has been demolished. The site is completely fenced in.

Current Zoning: The site is currently zoned for light industrial use.

Historical Use: The site was used as a book binding and printing facility from 1910 to 1978. In 1978, AmeriPride Services took over the property. Coverall Service and Supply Co., a uniform dry cleaning facility operated from 1978 to 1985. A portion of the facility was used by Thorner Sydney Press until 1997. All laundry operations ceased in April 2004. In 2005, the site was used by a vehicle maintenance shop. The site contained five underground storage tanks (USTs) at one time. The USTs contained liquids such as gasoline, diesel, No. 6 oil, waste oil, heating oil, and alcohol. Three tanks have been closed in-place, and two have been removed. A sixth tank, a heating oil tank was formerly present in a vault in the former basement building and filled with concrete. That tank was removed during building demolition activities.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The site is generally flat and unconsolidated geologic materials (soil) encountered at the site range in thickness from approximately 15 to greater than 20 feet thick. Soils at the site consist of fill materials overlying native soil. The fill materials include gravel, sand, silt, clay and varying amounts of anthropogenic materials such as bricks, clinker, glass, plastic, etc. The native soils consist of lacustrine silt and clay. Bedrock underlying the site consists of Devonian Onondaga Limestone. Groundwater elevation data suggest that groundwater flows south toward the Buffalo River, which is located less than one mile from the site.

Current Conditions: In 2012, the on-site building was demolished, contaminated soils were removed from the site under an interim remedial measure, and excavated areas and basement areas were backfilled. Currently the remedial investigation is underway.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC's website.

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield is any real property that is difficult to reuse or redevelop because of the presence or potential presence of contamination.

Where to Find Information

Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed.

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
(Call for appointment)

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Attn: Carol Batt
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Who to Contact

Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:

Project Related Questions:
Jaspal Walia
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions:
Matthew Forcucci
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

Development Related Questions:
Claire Mondello
Haley & Aldrich of New York
200 Town Centre Dr., Suite 2
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 359-9000

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Site Location

Aerial view of American Linen brownfield site
Aerial view of American Linen brownfield site